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It can cost you $9.99 per month on your phone bill

There seems to be an increasing amount of Facebook spam that spreads by social engineering – which is tough to stop since it’s Facebook users who are being tricked into “liking” the site (and reposting the spam five times if they pursue the following.)

We’ve found a lot of them. This one’s typical. The whole point of the exercise is to trick you into giving away your phone number so it can be billed something like $9.99 per month and send five of your friends to the same site to do the same. Oh, and show all your Facebook friends that you “like” a spam site

First you get a message from a friend that looks something like this:

Facebook Spam_1
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The link takes you here:

Facebook Spam_2
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Note that somebody got paid (per click) for sucking in over 16,000 people on this one.

The gig is that you’re supposed to “like” this then share the text they give you.

Facebook Spam_3
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After you fall for that you “click here” to see who viewed your profile.

Facebook Spam_4
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Then the “verification” launches you into one of those endless surveys (you get a choice of six) the point of which is to collect your cell phone number so you can be billed $9.99 per month.

Facebook Spam_8
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And, if you’re running Firefox’s Adblock add-on to protect you from such crap, these folks will even help you disable it!!

Facebook Spam_7

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And after all that, here is your prize. Everybody seems to get the same one:

Facebook Spam_6
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Thanks Wendy and Matthew.

Tom Kelchner


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